Blogs tagged with Financing scaling initiatives

  • Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Posted: June 20, 2014

    This blog post is part of series written by participants of the Scaling in Action© session at the 2014 Conference on Scaling Impact June 18-19. Scaling in Action features presentations from the nation's leading nonprofits, each scaling their efforts to address critical urgent issues. Here, nonprofit CEOs share more about their plans for growth and the resources needed to fund their campaigns.

    How can an organization dedicated to solving a national healthcare crisis develop a growth strategy that matches the scale of the problem to be solved? At CAPC, our answer is “growth with purpose,” which was the focus of my Scaling in Action session at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization devoted to increasing access to quality palliative care for people facing serious illness and their families.  We do this through three strategies – building awareness and demand for palliative care, educating policymakers, and providing training and technical assistance to support new palliative care teams at medical facilities.

  • Cynthia Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Developing a growth capital marketplace for nonprofit scaling initiatives requires time and a lot of hard work. With the help of numerous grantmakers who collectively sit on the Exchange’s Working Groups, together we are building a new system and infrastructure to facilitate a social investment process that easily and efficiently taps into and aggregates the collective resources available to fully finance top-performing nonprofits that are scaling.

    Since launching the Social Impact Exchange just a few years ago, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage funders, test key elements of the process, and make adjustments as needed to institutionalize an efficient, transparent, and widely accepted mechanism for co-investment. To be sure, the creation of such a system is challenging and a task that is both supportive and disruptive to the usual ways of conducting business – whether for a foundation, a corporate benefit program, a wealth management advisory service, or other social investors. It involves new rules for the way the philanthropy operates.

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: January 21, 2014

    Funders in two Working Groups at the Exchange engage collaboratively in the activities of building a new Scaling Marketplace that enables growth funding to flow more efficiently to high-impact nonprofits. As part of its work, each group identifies evidence-based nonprofits they feel should move to the next level of scale, and provides a portion of growth funding needed for each investment (“lead funding”) before distributing the opportunities to broader networks of potential funders who complete the amount needed. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Education Working Group member Jennifer Hoos Rothberg (Einhorn Family Charitable Trust) and Health Working Group member Christopher Langston (The John A. Hartford Foundation) about their experiences in working with the collaboratives and their thoughts on the new Scaling Marketplace.  

  • Lauren Earley and Sonja Schut, Arabella Advisors
    Posted: July 17, 2013

    This post originally appeared on The Greater Good, Arabella Advisor's blog. It is reposted with permission.

    Recently, we attended Social Impact Exchange’s 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact. As the name implies, the conference focused on how philanthropy can better address crucial challenges at the magnitude needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions. In addition to introducing several exemplary models for solving social problems and providing practical advice on how to scale, an important theme ran throughout the presentations and panels: funders have a unique role to play in scaling solutions to the levels necessary for lasting impact. Specifically, funders are best positioned to take risks that lead to innovation, help advance proven models, and anchor cross-sector collaboration.

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

    Jim Canales is president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation. Since his appointment in 2003, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources in three areas – Arts, California Democracy, and Youth. In 2010, Canales was appointed to the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions. He also serves on the boards of Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the College Access Foundation of California. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Jim after his keynote at the Social Impact Exchange Conference in June about his call to philanthropy to “step up” in the face of failure and risk.